Letter to the Editor: How About Something More Than Thoughts, Prayers and Teddy Bears?


On Sept. 11, 2001, close to 3,000 Americans died as a result of an attack on our liberties.

We avenged these deaths by devoting the next two decades in disposing of $8 trillion and one million lives. Of this number, we honor the 7,052 service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms and call them heroes.

Closer to home, we have an ongoing struggle to maintain our freedoms in a more personal, obvious and immediate nature.

In 2020 alone, the number of those who sacrificed their lives for our right to carry firearms is 15 times greater than those that perished in the Twin Towers. It’s three times greater than all the service members who died in our 20 years of war.

We do a great injustice to those that have perished to preserve our Second Amendment rights by calling them victims. It is an insult. They should be elevated at least to the same status as those who die in other wars. Let’s recognize all our heroes

We can spend $8 trillion to manufacture heroes abroad. How about something more than thoughts, prayers and teddy bears for the masses that have died here?


Dennis Shain